The 16-month Syrian crisis has essentially become a civil war, a Red Cross spokesman said Monday, meaning international humanitarian law would now apply "wherever hostilities take place."
The International Committee of the Red Cross officially describes the situation as a "non-international armed conflict" and does not use the term "civil war."
But spokesman Alexis Heeb said the group's legal term "appears in the Geneva Conventions to describe a civil war."
"What is new is the fact that in April ... we referred to three specific locations" of internal conflict, Heeb said. Now the ICRC says the internal strife is evident in other areas.